A passenger jet destined for New York was repeatedly circling over the Fylde coast for more than two hours last night (Wednesday, December 11, 2019).
The flight which had departed Heathrow Airport at 6,27am, is thought to have been dumping fuel before heading back to Heathrow for maintenance following a mechanical issue.
Many residents took to social media to express their concern...
"Now that is Worrying! Particularly if the Airline think it's still on the Tarmac & it's Actually Flying Over the Fylde Coast!!!!! This needs to be properly investigated!"
"It's waiting for Liverpool airport to open again after the accident closed the runway this morning. . Due to open soon..."
"I saw this over Palatine saw it go one way one minute then back the other then just circled a few times. Very strange as there was other planes near it too."
"Maybe they wanted to land It at Blackpool if it was having problems how weird!"
"Flew over our house in Tamworth and was quite low tbh."
"I don’t think it’s overhead now."
"I thought I could taste something funny in the air was it dumping fuel."
Others saw the funny side...
"Least it manged to take a look at the Blackpool Tower"
"Ain't trying to land at Morrison's car park is it."